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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Mozilla's Gay-Marriage Litmus Test Violates Liberal Values  —  A half-dozen years ago, Brendan Eich donated $1,000 to the campaign for Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that set out to ban same-sex marriage.  It passed with 52 percent of the vote, but was later overturned by the courts.
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Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Dear Andrew Sullivan, ‘Left-Liberal Intolerance’ Did Not Bring Down Mozilla's CEO  —  Andrew Sullivan has come to the defense of the Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, writing that Eich is being treated as a “heretic,” a victim of “left-liberal intolerance” and the “ugly intolerance of parts of the gay movement …
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Hounding Of A Heretic … The guy who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists.  After an OKCupid decision to boycott Mozilla, the recently appointed Brendan Eich just resigned under pressure:
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
ABC Uses Footage of Hateful Westboro Baptist to Slime CEO Who Opposed Gay Marriage
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
National Review:
Corrosive Conformity  —  In 2008, Barack Obama and Brendan Eich …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Scott Stump / Today:
Bush: Putin ‘dissed’ our pet, said his dog was ‘bigger, stronger, faster’  —  When former president George W. Bush unveiled his paintings of world leaders during an interview with daughter Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY Friday, it brought back memories of an encounter with Vladimir Putin that revealed …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Accidentally Reveals The Truth About The GOP's Obamacare Replacement  —  House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted on Friday that Republicans would not be able to preserve the most popular elements of Obamacare if they repeal the law as a whole.
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Paul Ryan: Popular parts of Obamacare too costly to reinstate after repeal  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says in a new interview that it would be too costly for Republicans to reinstate some of the more popular provisions of Obamacare if and when the law is repealed …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Josh Dickey / Mashable:
Stephen Colbert Is CBS' Top Choice to Succeed Letterman, and He's Into It  —  Stephen Colbert is CBS' top choice to replace the retiring David Letterman, and has indicated that he's willing to take over the Late Show when the time comes, people familiar with both sides of the discussions tell Mashable.
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Is it Clarence Thomas's court?  —  Justice Clarence Thomas's influence was on full display in the Supreme Court's landmark decision to strike down a crucial campaign finance restriction.  —  And it's just one in a string of cases in which Thomas could be dragging the court toward his way of thinking.
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James Taranto / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer turns the First Amendment on its head.
Discussion: RedState
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Plans To Strike Down Ohio Marriage Recognition Ban  —  A prior decision by the judge was limited to recognizing same-sex couples' marriages on death certificates.  —  WASHINGTON — Following a hearing Friday, a federal judge in Ohio announced he plans to rule that Ohio …
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Week and Joe. My. God.
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Joe Schoffstall / Capitol City Project:
Hillary struggles to list accomplishments during tenure as Secretary of State  —  On April 3, 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women of the World Summit in New York City and was asked what she was most proud of during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Clinton could not provide …
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: Media ‘double standard’ on women
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Hillary Clinton: For women, ‘Double standard is alive and well’
Discussion: ABC News, OnPolitics and Althouse
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
‘Be Quiet!’  Medal Of Honor Vet Shuts Down Advocate For More Guns On Military Bases (VIDEO)  —  An MSNBC military analyst repeatedly told an advocate for arming military personnel on bases to be quiet at the end of an on-air debate Friday.  —  Retired Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient …
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
Allen West's new book dotted with familiar, but fake, quotes from great Americans  —  Former Rep. Allen West outlines his political philosophy, warrior code and experiences as a black conservative in a new book that's peppered with quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other famous figures.
Discussion: rubber hose and Althouse
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Tom Boggioni / The Raw Story:
Founding Father enthusiast Allen West's book filled with fake Founding Father quotes
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA... and Running for Senate  —  Meet Shenna Bellows, Maine's former ACLU chief who's looking to unseat Susan Collins with a mix of left and right issues that might appeal to millennials.  —  The baby boomers had John F. Kennedy—young, charismatic, and TV ready.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Illinois Residents Least Trusting of Their State Government  —  North Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah rank at the top  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Illinois residents trust their state government to handle their state's problems far less than residents in any other state.
Discussion: Business Insider and GovBeat
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Spokesman Bails On Christie To Become Scott Brown's Campaign Manager  —  One of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) spokesmen left his job earlier this week to begin serving as campaign manager for former Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) Senate run in New Hampshire, according to WMUR.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, WMUR and ABC News
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Ruling Sets Off a Bipartisan Rush for Campaign Cash  —  Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader in the House, wasted little time on Thursday blasting the Supreme Court's latest decision freeing donors to spend more money on campaigns.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Party All the Time  —  Over the last several decades, the United States has adopted a series of campaign finance reform laws.  If these laws were designed to reduce the power of money in politics, they have failed.  Spending on political campaigns has exploded.  Washington booms with masses of lobbyists and consultants.
Discussion: Right Turn and The Fix
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Washington Post: No Correction, But You Can Have a Reprint of the Article!  —  After I demolished a Washington Post article that tried to link Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline, the Post promised Koch a correction.  That correction has yet to appear, but in the meantime, the Post's …
Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
Shock peer-reviewed paper provides ‘rationale’ for ‘information manipulation’ & ‘exaggeration’ in global warming debate to ‘enhance global welfare’  —  New Paper: It's OK to lie about climate?!  - Published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics  —  A new peer-reviewed paper published …
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
HHS “Started” Individual Obamacare Applications Prior To Deadline,Obtained Personal Info From States  —  In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans …
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
AP PHOTOGRAPHER KILLED, REPORTER WOUNDED  —  You are here  —  Home » Afghanistan » AP photographer killed, reporter wounded  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire …
 
 
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Mediaite
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Koch Email Urges Employees To Share Boss' WSJ Op-ed
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Savannah Morning News:
Uncle Bubba's, co-owned by Paula Deen and her brother, closes after 10 years
Discussion: Shakesville and Guardian
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says there's ‘no question’ mentally ill shouldn't have guns
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ben White / Politico:
Democrats pray for economic spring
Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
Alabama House resolution calls for US Constitution same-sex marriage ban, but did anyone read it?
Discussion: The Reaction
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Catastrophe Like No Other  —  The president tries …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
 

 
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